Make Music
Huntsville

About

Make Music Huntsville is an annual free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Participate

When we say, Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone, we really mean it. And this year we’ve put together multiple special events to draw even greater numbers of musicians and appreciators into the fun. Join us and others as we honor American music legend Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday in song.

 

How to Participate

This event is an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music. Whether you’re in a band, a solo artist, a child, a senior, a saxophonist or a thereminist, there’s a spot for you to perform! As for venues, a Make Music Huntsville venue can be anywhere. For as little as 15 minutes turn your porch, the sidewalk in front of your retail space, business or coffee shop into a venue for musicians to perform. We would love for you to take part!

Click the link below to register online and join in on the festivities!

♫ Sign Up as a Performer or Venue

Performers: create your profile by submitting a photo, description of your act, and any relevant website/social media links. Check out the available venues and bid on one that will fit your needs. The venue will confirm your request, and you’re good to go.

Venues: create a profile by submitting your location information and a description of the space. Peruse the musician profiles to request a performance, or welcome musicians to bid on your space independently. Confirm the connection and make sure your space is ready to go on June 21st!

ELLA FITZGERALD KARAOKE

Celebrate 100 years of Ella by singing your favorite Ella Fitzgerald song.

MASS APPEAL – HARMONICA, GUITAR, DRUM

Bring a stool, a stand, and your instrument to play along with a group!

SOUSAPALOOZA

Group performance en masse to the patriotic and military music of American composer John Philip Sousa.

BOOM SHAKA BOOMWHACKER

Let’s make friendly noises smacking hard surfaces with these brightly colored percussion instruments.

pBUZZing (strictly for the kids)

More color, more FUN using your wind instrument that plays like a straight trombone. Boys and girls have even MORE fun when the band is lead by clowns! Dr Curley and Rocket City Clown Alley has this all under control.

BUCKET DRUMMING INSTRUCTION & COMPETITION

StickMasters will lead the fun of making drum music on buckets. A supply of drumsticks is available so grab a set of sticks, a bucket and give bucket drumming a try.

UKULELE PERFORMANCE & LESSONS

The Harmony company said it best when it said music self-played is happiness self-made. Join Tennessee Valley Ukulele Club bringing & inviting friends to perform and to give introductory lessons on site.

Listings

JUNE 21: Marching bands perform during Make Music Day (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Make Music Day)

Young Composers

Young composers (aged 13 to 21) are invited to submit an original 3-5 minute composition not later than May 8th. Scores should be submitted in both pdf and music XML format via upload link on www.finalemusic.com/blog/young-composers-contest-announced starting March 13th. A jury of three renowned professional composers will critique the top 10 submissions and will select a winning piece which will be performed for Make Music Day by wind bands in various cities. The piece will also be added to a permanent SmartMusic library for bands to learn and play in the future. The winning composer will also receive a new copy of Finale, and a cash prize.

Finale is the world-wide industry standard in music notation software. Anywhere music appears on the printed page, Finale likely created those pages. Finale helps the choir to sing, the band to march, the students to learn, and the orchestra to raise the excitement level in the latest blockbuster movie.

Additionally, let us know if you represent a wind band who would like to premiere the piece on June 21st. (We want all Sousapalooza groups to play the piece, too.)

Support

Make Music Huntsville is the annual signature event for 925 Line Street. 925 Line Street is a fiscally responsible organization providing music field trips working towards non-profit status. Make Music Huntsville is free and open to the public, and your contributions make it possible!

Make a donation today by clicking the link below!

 Donate via PayPal  

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact our event organizer, Jordon SPD, at (256) 646-1063, or email  huntsville@makemusicday.org.

Become a volunteer!

Make Music Day is free for the city of Huntsville, so we rely heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. That means we need your help on June 21st! If you’re available on this day and would like to help, please let us know. Here are just some of the things that you might be doing throughout the day:

-Tell passersby about Make Music Huntsville and answer any questions audience and participators may have.
-Take photos of your stationed event.
-Help keep our performers happy.
-Help with setup and breakdown between artists.
-Help run sound.

 Sign Here Up

We are proud to be a part of the Make Music Alliance! Check out the Make Music Day website for more info.

 Thank you MMH!

Contact

Do you have any questions, comments or suggestions? We’d love to hear them!

Feel free to contact us at:

huntsville@makemusicday.org